Rachmaninov, Sergey - Piano Duets - Lortie, Louis / Mercier, Hélène

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Louis Lortie, piano
Hélène Mercier, piano

After more than twenty years since their last recording of piano duets on Chandos, Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier here come together again to perform works by Rachmaninoff.

The Symphonic Dances was the last work to which Rachmaninoff gave an opus number, and he arranged it himself for two pianos. He was separated from his native Russia, where the Soviets had banned his music. In this work he thinks beyond himself as a Russian and, as in the Suite, Op. 17, into the world to come. In both works, amidst a gallery of musical references and quotations, he juxtaposes passages of his own music (from the First and Third Symphonies, The Bells, the Vespers, etc.) with music by composers he particularly admired (such as Richard Strauss, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schubert). The combination of material may be seen as his exhibition of the nineteenth-century musical world.

The album also features the Fantaisie (or Suite) for two pianos, Op. 5, in which poetic fragments in the score reveals that each movement for Rachmaninoff carried a world of secreted meaning.
Artikelnummer CHAN10882
Streckkod 0095115188224
Utgivningsdatum 2015-12-11
Kategori Piano
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Lortie, Louis / Mercier, Hélène
Kompositörer Rachmaninov, Sergey
Disk: 1
1 Suite No. 1, Op. 5 Lortie, Louis Mercier, Hélène Rachmaninov, Sergey
2 Suite No. 2, Op. 17
3 Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (arr. for two pianos)
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